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Durham YouthWork Internship Program Now Accepting Applications from Businesses to Serve as Internship Hosts!

Talent Development and NCWorks Branding Take Center Stage in New Durham Workforce Development Board Strategic Plan

Grant Opportunity for Businesses to Train Existing Employees

The State of North Carolina NCWorks Incumbent Worker Training Grant is a competitive, retention solutions grant that qualifying businesses can use to address employees’ skills gaps, resulting in increased knowledge, certifications and value to the company.

Durham-based for-profit and not-for-profit businesses with five or more employees that have been in operation for a minimum of one year prior to the application date, are current on all federal and state tax obligations, and are financially viable are eligible to apply for up to $10K.

To learn more about this grant opportunity, visit the grant page or contact Darrell Solomon at (919) 560-4965, ext. 15221.

Durham Selected for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant. Applications are now being accepted for the training class that will run from August 3, 2015 - October 30, 2015, M-F 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Durham Technical Community College's main campus. Applications must be completed and returned before June 15, 2015 at 5 p.m.  Individuals interested in learning more about the training can visit the application page for more details and submit an application. Employers may visit the employer page to learn how to recruit this talent.

The State of Durham's Economy 2014

Visit the State of Durham's Economy site to view the full presentation and to complete an online evaluation if you did not get to complete one at the event.

Calling all Durham-based Minority/HUB firms and Durham addressed firms. You are encouraged to attend the pre-bid information meeting to learn more about the opportunities available for construction contractors and suppliers associated with: the Residence Inn - Durham - to be built in Downtown Durham.  View the announcement for more information. 
We can help your business with the costs of hiring new full-time, permanent employees through reimbursement of 50-90 percent of their wage for the first 3 – 6 months of employment while they learn their new job. Candidates are prescreened to meet position requirements.
Many position types are available to receive grant funding – from those in healthcare, biotechnology, and professional services such as security, to those in information technology. Training opportunities are for jobs with salaries from $25K per year to over $80K per year. 

Durham Receives Global Recognition for Economic Potential
2013-2014 Award Ranks Durham #2 in Top 10 Small American Cities
Check out what these kids were doing this summer - Does your business want to do someting that will positively affect its future? Consider hosting a youth at your workplace.

Interested in making the workforce of Durham's tomorrow the best it can be?  Check out this article by the chairman of the Durham Workforce Board and the director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. Hire a youth today!

Attention All Durham-Based Businesses!
Register your company to receive notifications about business/contracting opportunities associated with development projects in Durham.
The City  of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development is committed to ensuring that all Durham-based businesses have the opportunity to be aware of business and contracting opportunities associated with economic development projects.
To register and for more information, contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (919) 560-4965 or email.
Durham's Ex-Offender Program sponsored a successful Re-Entry Conference and  Job Fair with over 300 people in attendance. Check out the slideshow

Durham is doing some amazing things to support the arts check out this award winning short celebrating the Arts economic impact in the Triangle.

Durham-based entrepreneurs and small business owners are now able to receive free, confidential counseling and mentoring sessions thanks to a new partnership.

The City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Small Business Advisory Committee, in partnership with Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), has re-launched the Durham SCORE chapter.  

The Professional Placement Network Academy
The Professional Placement Network Academy (PPNA) is a peer-networking opportunity for mid to upper-level professionals (having earned 30K or higher, or having received higher education credentials or professional certifications) to come together and share ideas, employment leads, and current job market information, while participating in purposeful and motivational workshops. For additional information including a meeting schedule, visit the website.

Small Business Advisory Committee
Did you know that the City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development has a Small Business Advisory Committee?  The Small Business Advisory Committee is comprised of banks, colleges and universities, seasoned entrepreneurs and other entities that provide financing and technical assistance.  All of its members have the goal of assisting Durham small businesses with their business development needs.  The committee offers an array of programs targeted to small businesses, such as business plan and marketing strategy development, financing, management skills training, and business counseling. In 2011 the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development began referring business clients directly to the member agencies of the Small Business Advisory Committee who primarily focus on technical assistance. 

For information on the agencies providing direct technical assistance, visit the web page.

The City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development will continue to provide financial services to eligible projects through its economic development incentives and grant programs. Visit the web page​ for information.